Commercial search engines such as Google and Yahoo are superb tools for finding things on the Internet as long as the things you're looking for are fairly easy to find... and they aren't likely to bring you to the attention of your government.
Personal Web Search offers a number of enhancements in searching the Internet. It will let you direct your searches to specific areas of the web. It will return pages without the questionable benefits of ranking, which commercial search engines impose on their results to favor commercial pages. It will provide you with up to the minute searches of the web, rather than searching cached pages which can be days or weeks old. It will let you search without having to worry about your research for the murder mystery you're writing being misinterpreted as a conspiracy to end civilization as we know it.
No more difficult to use than a web-based search engine, Personal Web Search will give you unprecedented control over your searches, and help you find things on the web you never would have known existed.
This software is available for electronic delivery and on CD-ROM.
# Give you an unprecedented degree of control over where you search.
# Help prevent you from being deluged by search results.
# Provide you with up-to-the microsecond results Personal Web Search searches the web as it is, not as it was last week or last month when it was most recently spidered.
# Give you access to pages which commercial search engines rank so low as to make them effectively un-findable.
# Defend your privacy.
# Allow you to save your searches to disk, so you can peruse their results over multiple sessions.